"Look, if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something—there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business—you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet. The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don't do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires."
The deliberate use of the highlighted phrase to imply... what? That businessmen didn't build their businesses? Are people that stupid to think that is what he meant? The people in the room obviously understood what he meant, probably didn't even catch the phrase itself.
No, they are not that stupid. Not if they see the whole statement. Presented with the context of the statement, the meaning is clear. Success is built upon the success and support of those before.
The only other way someone would use that statement is to lie to people you want to sway to your side, to vote for your candidate who has no other leg to stand on. The
funny sick thing is that Romney has made these very points previously. The. Exact. Same. Points.
That makes the lying that much more egregious.
Romney lies. He tells the lies his puppet masters tell him to say. He isn't a leader, he is a mouthpiece. Whenever he is on his own, he says really stupid things. Whenever he is under control, he lies.